Over the weekend Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote that Jason Isringhausen had emerged as a realistic bullpen option for the Mets–and perhaps even an eighth-inning setup candidate–after signing a minor-league deal following a tryout last month.
Unfortunately injuries have once again threatened to derail Isringhausen’s career, as Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger now reports that the 38-year-old right-hander has been “shut down for the day” and “took medication” due to elbow inflammation.
Isringhausen missed most of 2009 and all of 2010 following Tommy John elbow surgery and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the same season since 2007 with the Cardinals, but the former Mets prospect looked good in six spring appearances and was throwing in the low-90s before his elbow started barking again.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.